We’ve posted a couple of times about HeartTown, the new group formed when Barry Scott left his spot in the Beachley & Scott show. Yesterday, we caught up with Barry to get some more details from him about the decision to step away from the bluegrass world and dedicate his career again to Gospel Music.
He emphasized initially that he is really just going home with this move.
“My heart – and my first love – has always been in Gospel music and more specifically, Southern Gospel. My first professional job in music was with The Perrys in 1986 playing and singing Gospel music. I also played with The Gold City Quartet and the Dixie Melody Boys before taking my first official secular job in 1996 with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. I have loved bluegrass ever since.”
When he left Doyle in 2005, continuing in bluegrass was Barry’s first choice, but he nearly made the jump to Gospel in 2010.
“Last July, when some band members of my Grammy-nominated band Second Wind left and started their own band, I almost decided to take the plunge then and venture into a solo Gospel career. But it really didn’t feel like it was the right time yet.
Darren Beachley called me in December of 2010 and we were both going through personnel changes, and we decided to be partners in a new band called The Beachley and Scott Band.
I was very optimistic about this decision, having 3 Quicksilver alumni in the vocal lineup. I felt that band had a huge upside potential, but at the same time feeling the tug toward the all Gospel solo decision. I have been a vital part of Beachley and Scott since January 1, 2011.
At the beginning of July this year, I felt it was the right time and turned in a notice with Darren and the Band, but due to circumstances beyond my control, I was not able to fullfill my notice. I want to formally apologize to the fans for that.
Thank to everyone for their continued prayers and support in my new endeavor! A new website is currently under construction and on the way, as well as a new album.
Thanks Again to all and God Bless!”
Barry suggests that folks contact him on Facebook until his new site is operational.
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